Papua New Guinea
Also known as PNG, it is one of the least explored and most remote countries in the world, also consider as the "underwater photographer's paradise", there are many international award-winning photos being taken in PNG waters. PNG located in the Indo-Pacific Area, completely within the Coral triangle, it borders the Solomon Islands to the East, and shares the greater island of New Guinea with Indonesian Papua to the west, Australia to the South.
Experts say that the oceans surrounding Papua New Guinea have up to twice as many marine species as the waters of the Red Sea and up to five times as many as the Caribbean. It offer huge diversity of dive sites including barrier reefs, coral walls (drop off), coral gardens, patch reefs, fringing reefs, sea grass beds, coral atolls and wrecks dive sites.
Divers can see anything from the smallest rarest of Nudies to the weird and wonderful creatures that are attracted to the rich ecosystems of the surrounding areas. While aboard we may also stumble across the largest of the large Pelagic trophies such as Mantas, Hammerheads, Dugongs and Whale Sharks!
The average water temperature varies from 25 degrees Celsius along the edge of the Coral Sea to 29 degrees Celsius in the Bismarck Sea. You can dive in Papua New Guinea all year round, with the high season generally from May to November.
Liveaboard Diving Regions :
Kimbe Bay - Walindi
Kimbe Bay is located on the north coast of the island of New Britain, the largest island in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Archipelago. This area offers a fantastic cross section of many different dive types, from coral gardens, sea mounts, reef walls, arches and overhanging ledges, to muck diving in rubbly black sand bays, watching the whales, dolphins and sharks feed and breed in the bay's waters. The bay also is home to some of the healthiest coral, as well as some of the largest diversion of both coral and fish anywhere on the planet.
Milne Bay - Tawali
The Milne Bay area is teaming with life with its diving being rated as some of the BEST in the world. It is famous for its visibility ranging up to 50+ meters and the greatest range of marine bio-diversity recorded you can see from the smallest, most unique critters to being outnumbered by some of the larger schooling pelagic. Scuba diving around this area, you may encounter large pelagic such as hammerhead and whale sharks, devil rays, manta rays, groupers, hump headed parrotfish and even Dugong make an appearance.
Tufi is a small town located in a remote, pristine region of Papua New Guinea at the tip of Cape Nelson. Tufi is only accessible by boat or air, usually when liveaboards offer "Rabaul to Milne Bay trips", they will make a stopover in the Tufi, diving in Tufi area includes a mix of critters and pelagics, along with stunning above water scenery.
Madang and Wewak Area
During June through September every year, there are few boats offer trips from Madang and Wewak. There is good fishing and diving along the magnificent coast, which is world famous for its coral gardens and superb visibility. Madang was the centre of heavy fighting during World War II and there are 34 sunken ship dive sites to explore at Hansa Bay near Bogia.
Diving in Kavieng presents yet another diversely different dive destination in PNG. Kavieng is situated at the northern tip of New Ireland, it is world renowned for its current-swept passages that attract a variety of big, pelagic fish action, the strong incoming currents act as magnets to the schools of trevally, barracuda, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and reef fish. A number of WWII wrecks lay scattered in and around Kavieng Harbour. These include a Japanese merchant ship and many float planes.